I enjoyed a lovely day out last Tuesday, with my friends Katy and Alison. After a bit of research on where we could go, we plumped for Grimsthorpe Castle, which is about an hour away. I had visited before, but six years ago, so was very happy to go again and had a two for one voucher, so off we went. I took lots of photos of the gardens, so will split them into two posts.
Haddon Hall, near Bakewell.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Wisdom with needle and thread and today was the opening day! The idea was to make three Christmas things from a list, and then send them to someone whose name and address was emailed to you, but without them knowing who was their Secret Santa - until they opened their parcel. I received my parcel in very good time and waited patiently until today to open it up. Inside were three carefully wrapped presents.
The Christmas Card which gave me the identity of my Secret Santa. A HUGE thank you goes to June for her lovely gifts, which I shall love displaying on the Christmas Tree each year. Thanks to Kim, the organiser, as well, for organising, keeping in touch and keeping us on track!
Thursday, 23 July 2015
I was going to write a blog post about a lovely visit to Grimsthorpe Castle earlier this week and I shall still do that, just not tonight.
I was watering the pots in the garden and went to the front of the house to water the hanging basket, only to find that the gate was open and the hanging basket was gone. In twenty-two years of living here, I have not had any problems like this and have always enjoyed seeing the hanging basket brightening up the front of the house. It was there when we came back from work and shopping, so the person stole it while we were at home, which somehow makes it worse. The hanging basket was only a plastic one, just had petunias in it and in the great scheme of things, it doesn't really matter, but the fact that someone would steal it has upset me.
I don't put any plants out at the front of the house that are expensive, or really special, but I was naive enough to think that they would be enjoyed by people, without being stolen.
So, I have two choices. I can either not have a basket out there again and deprive myself of the pleasure, or I can take a deep breath and find a basket or trough which can be fixed to the wall and then plant that up. I think I know which I shall be doing!
I hope that my next post will be on a more positive note.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Collages created from my photos using picmonkeySo far, 2015 has been a wonderful year for roses here in my garden. I have managed to squeeze twenty-two into my garden, adding to the collection over the years. There is a pale pink theme going on, but this wasn't a conscious decision - it was mainly about the scent. I have got one yellow rose and I have added some white and deeper pinky red this year, mainly in pots. Most of them are in flower now and I am really enjoying the colours and perfumes.
Above top row from left to right: Gertrude Jekyll; Mary Rose: Cottage Rose
Middle row: Jacques Cartier; Ferdinand Pichard; Constance Spry
Bottom row: Chandos Beauty; Bright as a Button; Blush Noisette
Clockwise top left to right: New Dawn; Diamond; Rosa Gallica Versicolor (Rosa Mundi); Frilly Cuff.
Diamond was my most recent purchase, just last week, and this is its first flower. It is a miniature rose with a slight scent but is covered in buds.
I do enjoy the garden when the roses bloom!
Monday, 29 June 2015
I'm doing reasonably well with my reading challenge (to read all the books in the photo above before I buy any more books). The reading has gone well, but the 'not buying any more books' has not lasted!
The Beverley Nichols trilogy was a joy and delight - houses, cats and gardens, with various odd acquaintances putting in an appearance throughout.
I have also read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which was unsettling but an incredible first novel and a cleverly created parallel world. I have also enjoyed the BBC adaptation of the book, despite some small divergences from the story, but I shall definitely read the book again.
I am currently on 'Colour: Travels through the Paintbox' which is fascinating. For instance, did you know that the colour 'Mummy Brown' actually contained ground up Mummies? No, nor did I until I read this book! I had been putting it off because I thought it looked a little hard going, but, in fact, it is easy to read, well written and really interesting. I wish I could remember a few more of the fascinating facts the author reveals...
I have also been very busy with a 'Christmas in July' swap (three handmade Christmas things from a list), which is also a Secret Santa, where the recipient does not know who is making gifts for them. I shall be posting my parcel this week and on the 25th July, or thereabouts, we will all be opening our presents, so I shall share my makes and what I received then. It is exciting to think that somewhere in the world, someone is busy making gifts for me too!
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
It really struck me how much the gardens reflected their owners - I wonder what my garden says about me?!
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Photo from http://www.britishflowersweek.com/blog/
Just in case you weren't aware, this week is British Flowers Week, which is a 'week long celebration of British flowers and the UK cut flower industry'. The dress above was made by Zita Elze, using larkspur. not very practical, but absolutely stunning! Wouldn't it look lovely printed on chiffon? Of course, I do have some flowers in my own garden which I feel should be celebrated (although usually, I don't need a special week!), so without further ado, may I introduce...
A new rose again this year, Bright as a Button, a floribunda type, which has a very open flower and is again in a pot.
There are more roses to come, with several new ones too and I shall also post a photo of the white peony if its buds open.
I hope British Flowers Week is a great success!